Rated 3.1 out of 5 by 398
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Spud Great Product
Great product. Used this semi transparent stain on our deck railing. It last about 2-3 years in our North Idaho climate. Good coverage and stain stays suspended in carrier if you stir every 30-45 minutes. Stain in early morning or cool weather as stain dries quickly and results are more even when stain is allowed to dry slowly. Price seemed higher than I remembered from 3 years ago ($33/gal) but still a good value.
August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HandyRad Great UV performance
I have used this product several times now. Enclosed is a picture from my own cca 20 years old red wood deck. I applied one layer of a forest green semitransparent color. I had read negative reviews regarding this product but I do believe that peeling only happens when the surface is not prepared right or when the product is not applied correctly. This is a water based stain with a waterproofing agent in it. It must be applied like stain - I use much more rubbing/brushing than with paints.The surface must be very clean and ideally sanded in order to allow for the wood to suck up the stain. Water based products dry very fast and rubbing/brushing is important to encourage absorption into the wood rather than letting it dry on the surface like paint. I do have a negative experience with two coats with this product compare to one. The problem is that the first coat, because it has waterproofing, does not allow the second coat to soak in. It only thickness the top layer and tends to peel. The product, compare to oil products, is very color stable and does not fade with UV light. The color adjusted (faded) cca 15% after 4 years on my previous application, which is very impressive. Oil products usually fade almost completely after two years on decking in California. The deck in the picture was pressure washed then sanded down. three rotten board were replaced completely. No cleaning product was used in order to preserve the dark color of the sanded red wood (the washing products tend to lighten the wood) for the semi transparent effect. Although the green is an unusual color (very different from the wood shade), the deck has a very uniformed look even with the new boards (hard to tell which once are new). I would recommend this product.
July 16, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by HoosierHound Deck looks great
Applied Behr Semi-Transparent stain to my deck in Sept 2015. I had cleaned the deck thoroughly with Behr No. 63 All-in-One Wood Cleaner over the prior two weekends. The stain was easy to apply. We used a pad applicator and then back brushed with a paint brush. The first coat dried enough to walk across after a couple of hours, and then we applied a second coat to the horizontal surfaces. The new stain caused the deck to feel tacky or sticky after it had dried, but it was not a significant issue and was less each day until it went away after a good rain. The color closely matched my expectations and looked very uniform. Before and after pictures attached.
May 15, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by CaliforniaDIYer Coats wood like paint, takes over a week to dry.
I purchased this "premium" product to put on my 3 year old construction heart redwood deck based on positive reviews and the display at my local Home Depot and have been extremely disappointed in the quality and appearance of the finished product. The stain does not go on evenly, does not penetrate the wood at all, and remains tacky and unpleasant feeling far past the 72 hour cure time listed on the can.
Before applying the stain I used the Behr Premium 1-gal. Wood Stain and Finish Stripper, then used the Behr Premium 1-gal. All-In-One Wood Cleaner, and followed up by using an orbital sander to lightly sand the surface to prep it for the stain. I did everything according to the instructions on the bottles and used all Behr Premium products because I wanted to do it right and not skip any steps.
I applied the stain using a high-quality Home Depot-branded roller and used Shur-Line foam pads for touch-up and small areas where the roller could not reach. I applied two coats of the stain, early in the morning and in the late afternoon, using a digital surface-read thermometer to make sure that the deck surface was within the appropriate temperature range for applying the stain.
The finished product is AWFUL. Even after doing all the suggested prep work using all Behr Premium products the "stain" applies unevenly and sits on top of the wood like a latex paint. It has been more than 5 days of sunny Summer weather since I applied the last coat and the deck is still tacky to the touch and will not fully dry.
I absolutely DO NOT recommend this product, and would not suggest ANY of the Behr Premium deck products. Since it did not penetrate the wood and is still tacky after a week I expect it to start peeling within 1-2 years and need replacement far ahead of the "6 Year Satisfaction Guarantee."
August 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pinkee Web Customer Care
I cannot find my original 1 star posting for this product. However, Web Care at Behr responded to my comment (peeling and tacky after a year) and have really gone out of their way to make things right. Well, I will still have to re do my deck but they offered same product replacement or any other similar product to help put the situation right. So for now, I cannot give a new rating to the product but thank you for paying attention to my comments and trying your best to make a customer happy.
September 10, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by getmebrian Does not work on CEDAR at all
This Behr stain does not penetrate into the wood like the product claims it should. It dries on top of the surface like a paint. After 10 months, the stain was peeling all over the place... and the application instructions (including prepping with #63) were followed exactly.
Applying the Behr Premium Stain is like painting your deck except it does not apply evenly. It dries extremely fast and will show overlaps. There is no penetration AT ALL into a cedar deck... you are essentially applying paint that will peel after a couple seasons of weather. Horrible product - buyer beware!
February 27, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Brian Behr weatherproof redwood
Not sure how long it's gonna last but 4 coats in the color is still uneven I've gone through 3 types of brushes a stain mitt and a roller uneven and takes about a week to stop being tacky when you walk on it though that may be due to the current heat and humidity conditions but getting the color even is impossible every where your application runs over w prior stroke the color depth doubles unless you tape each section as you go I don't see how to avoid that and the coverage sucks!
August 20, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by KarlB Does not last even 1 winter
I stained a new deck in the summer of 2016 with this product and it is already peeling. Very dissatisfied! I used Cabot stain in the past but my deck builder recommended Behr. I'm going back to Cabot.
April 15, 2016